Born in 1935 and raised in the southern Okanagan town of Oliver, BC, George Bowering has won the Governor-General’s Award for both Poetry (in 1969, for Rocky Mountain Foot) and Fiction (in 1980, for Burning Water).
George Bowering was Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet-Laureate, and is a member of the Order of Canada as well as the Order of British Columbia. His most recent books include No One (fiction, 2018), Ten Women (short stories, 2015), The World, I Guess (poetry, 2015), and, with George Stanley, Some End / West Broadway (poetry, 2018).
"What's fun to read is the pleasure Bowering takes in writing as 'an old coot' — after long years in the writing game, he can laugh at himself. But the poet-professor still has veteran chops and can use an offbeat, apparently unrelated story to suddenly crystallize his point. ... It's artful writing about writing and reading from a guy who remains an indelible part-of-the-scene." — Trevor Carolan, subTerrain
"The volume is an important addition to his body of late work. Whatever his idiosyncrasies, Bowering is never dull." — Nicholas Bradley, The Ormsby Review
"And it's exactly this sort of wide-eyed freshness that makes it easy to keep coming back to this book, dipping into it for a little bit more, a little bit more. I suppose that's one of the beauties about a book like this. You don't need to read it front to back. You can poke around, sampling a bit of this, and then go back for a bit more of that when you're ready." — Heidi Greco, BC Bookworld